• Willie Pickens

Every December since 1995, venerable Chicago jazz pianist Willie Pickens has given a holiday concert at the Hyde Park Union Church, where he’s been a devoted member since the mid-70s. This year’s event happens on Friday, December 14, with his longtime trio—bassist Larry Gray and drummer Robert Shy—and three top-notch guests: trumpeter Jon Faddis, saxophonist Gregory Tardy, and singer Milton Suggs. Pickens, now 81, has announced that this will be his last Christmas concert at the church.